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Communities: the Crux of Equality

Last July the High-Level Political Forum met to review in-depth Goals 4, 5, 14, 15 and 17. COPPEM cooperate to Creators Union of Arab and Arab Media Union in the side event on "Promoting Gender Equality Rights for a more Justice Society Forum" where the the role of communities to reach gender equality was analised and recognised. That confirms the importance to actively involve Local and Regional Governments in SDGs agenda.


As every year since 2013, the High-Level Political Forum (HLPF) met under the auspices of the Economic and Social Council.


The Forum, as we read in its official website, is “the central United Nations platform for the follow-up and review of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development and the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) at the global level.”


And as every year, a number of side events has been organized worldwide focusing one or more Sustainable Development Goals and/or their targets. This year the HLPF met 5th to the 15th of July in New York in order to review in-depth Goals 4, 5, 14, 15 and 17.


Goal 5 is the goal targeting equality of women and men. The Goal for Gender Justice.


COPPEM did not miss the opportunity to cooperate with Creators Union of Arab and Arab Media Union in the side event on "Promoting Gender Equality Rights for a more Justice Society Forum", an online exchange where experts from Mediterranean Countries shared their points of view and formulated recommendations on how to promote women rights and build a fairer society.


The event was composed of five panels covering many aspects of the issue: general commitment, education, work, empowerment and even the role of community to equality. The last appears to be a pivotal topic in our fight to end misogyny and patriarchy, since the both are cultural features produced and reproduced by societies.


It is not by chance that all the other aspects taken into consideration as foci of the event, i.e. education, empowerment, work, and global commitment are basically referring to specific communities (namely schools, private and public life, workplaces, institutions). The Euro-Med Charter articles themselves identify specific social fields in which inequality appears and works.


[...] the role of community to equality [...] appears to be a pivotal topic in our fight to end misogyny and patriarchy, since the both are cultural features produced and reproduced by societies.

With this in mind, in final recommendations of the event, participants stressed the importance to adopt the Euro-Med Charter by Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) of Euro-Med area and the significance to stimulate an alliance with Civil Society Organizations as a permanent step of good local governance.


As a matter of fact, no initiative could be successful if it does not take into consideration the role of communities and how to include them in the change for gender justice. That is why Civil Society Organizations played an active role in shaping and designing the articles of the Euro-Med Charter and their contents.


Participants stressed the importance to adopt the Euro-Med Charter by Local and Regional Governments (LRGs) of Euro-Med area.

Goal 5 requires us to design activities, strategies and approaches able to reach each member of society.


Thus, Local and Regional Governments are central reference points as they are the institutions closest to citizens and communities.


For that reason, we join CEMR and Platforma in urging for the international recognition of LRGs role in stimulating actions and in monitoring the implementation of the SDGs and in asking for including Local Institutions in high-level meetings and summit.

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